Dingler grew up in Tyler and attended Tyler schools. His interest in art was inspired by John Kittrell, a local artist and teacher, when it became popular during his junior high years to take art lessons. These early lessons eventually led to a BA from North Texas State University and graduate work there. He later earned an MA from the University of Texas at Tyler; both degrees in art.
Dingler learned watercolor from another prominent Tyler artist, A. C. Gentry, and in his later years he became a student of Ansel Nunn who introduced Dingler to realism using acrylics.
Now retired from teaching after 35 years, Dingler is devoting his time to painting, drawing, ceramics, and writing. His subjects extend from realism to non-objective compositions and his ceramic creations are called Indian Stones, an original concept in slab construction.
Recently Dingler was published in Pottery Making Illustrated that demonstrates his unique techniques used in their creation. Also recently, two of his paintings were accepted for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in Houston and another accepted in the LSU international “animals in art” exhibit.
In 2005 his work was displayed in the Fairmount Gallery in Dallas until the gallery’s recent closure. While there, he was introduced to abstract and non-objective subject matter.
When he was younger Dingler raced bicycles and always attended the summer bicycle classics in Colorado where he fell in love with the mountains which has become one of his most important subjects.
In addition to the Fairmount Gallery, his work has been exhibited in the Turpin Gallery in Jackson Hole, and most recently in Davis & Co. Fine Art in Spring, Texas.
In writing, Dingler published his first novel The William Vagersteen Paintings and last year The Treasure Tattoo. Both novels have received pleasing reviews. A third book is being edited and a fourth story is almost complete.
Many pieces of Dingler’s art adorn homes and businesses from New York to San Diego.